Posing in a pink party dress at a wedding and smiling as she runs for charity, she looks every inch the model woman in her 30s.
But what these pictures don’t reveal about Karla Biddle is that she is in fact a convicted killer – and was let out of prison to enjoy these events months before she was due to be released, despite having served only part of her sentence.
Biddle, 34, was jailed for seven years in 2009 for killing her ex-fiancé’s new love Emma Bradshaw, stabbing her 56 times with a kitchen knife.
Her victim’s family were horrified to learn she was to be released this month, having served only two years and eight months.
Now, these pictures have emerged, showing that, in the months leading up to her release, Biddle has been allowed out of prison even earlier to enjoy time with her family.
She is seen posing for pictures at the wedding in Co Sligo, Ireland, in September.
Other photos, posted online, show her grinning as she runs the Birmingham half-marathon on October 23, and joining a Race for Life charity run in the months up to her release.
The Prison Service is now investigating whether Biddle breached her licence – granted to prisoners to prepare them for their eventual release from custody – by travelling to Ireland.
Prisoners are not normally given permission to travel overseas while on licence.
The victim’s family said they were disgusted by the photos.
Miss Bradshaw’s father, Michael, a retired teacher from Sutton Coldfield, was too upset to comment further.
But a friend of the family said: ‘They received a letter from the probation service to inform them of Biddle’s release in mid-November.
'They thought she may have been released for the odd weekend, to “integrate” her back into the community.
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‘But it’s disgusting if she has been let out and to enjoy a family wedding abroad.’
Miss Bradshaw, 30, was in a relationship with Biddle’s ex-fiancé Ashley Watson when Biddle confronted her at his home in May 2008.
Biddle stabbed the veterinary nurse 56 times, fatally wounding her in the lungs and abdomen. She was found guilty of manslaughter in April 2009.
Biddle (left) grins during a Race For Life charity event in Birmingham earlier this year. Right, law graduate Emma Bradshaw who she stabbed to death
After seeing the photos, a Prison Service spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on individual prisoners.
‘But if prisoners breach their licence in any way, they will be subject to disciplinary proceedings and are likely to be moved to closed conditions.
‘Prisoners may be released on temporary licence providing they meet strict criteria and pass a rigorous risk assessment.’
'Release on temporary licence is used to prepare prisoners for their eventual release from custody.
Biddle, left, leaving Warwick Crown Court in handcuffs during the 2009 trial. The court heard she was jealous of Miss Bradshaw's relationship with her ex fiancee, Ashley Watson, right
'It helps to reduce the chance of re-offending by setting up appropriate employment and rehabilitation work in the community, and maintaining family contact.
'This is essential for successful resettlement and an important factor in protecting the public.'
Mr Watson, who is now in a new relationship, said that he had seen Biddle in Birmingham city centre recently.
He said: 'She was out a few months back, I saw her in town, Birmingham city centre. I don't care if she is out, I have nothing to do with her or her family either.
'That side of my life is finished, done and dusted. It was bad enough at the time.'
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